Budget Meals

Budget Meals are not only wallet friendly but they can be delicious too. Learn how to shop on a budget, substitute expensive ingredients for cheaper ones and everything in between to keep the green in your hand.

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You want to throw a dinner party for five, but how do you do it without blowing your budget? We have some tips on how to do so affordably.

By Linda C. Brinson

Why buy tomatoes when you can grow your own from the ground up? Find out how easy tomato seeds are to harvest, save and plant in your own garden!

By Alia Hoyt

Slow cookers are an amazing tool to have in your kitchen. You can impress your guests and your family with your mad cooking skills, with very little work involved.

By Sara Elliott

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Don't let your leftover vegetables rot in the fridge. With a little creativity, you can use them for every meal of the day.

By Sara Elliott

Leftover tomato juice is a mecca of flavoring options just waiting to be tapped into. Don't drain that flavor goodness down your sink; get creative and spice up your meal.

By Emilie Sennebogen

Some recipes are easy to improvise, while others require an exact set of ingredients to turn out. But sometimes you don't have the funds to include that one ridiculously overpriced additive. Don't worry; we have the alternatives you're looking for.

By Jill Jaracz

Quick, which is the best deal on the menu: the roast chicken, the Caesar salad or the filet mignon? The answer might surprise you.

By Kim Williamson

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If you think beans are just a side dish, you don't know beans! Try some of these ideas for incorporating nutritious, quick-fixing canned beans into everything from party dips to desserts.

By Heather Kolich

To make the most of your food budget, you have to be a strategic shopper and a careful cook. Here are 10 steps you can take, both in the supermarket and in your kitchen, that are guaranteed to whittle down your grocery bills.

By Alison Cooper

Every pantry needs a stock of staple ingredients on hand for dinner, and these 10 won't hurt your purse strings too much.

By Emilie Sennebogen

Has your kid uttered the immortal words, "Not baloney sandwiches again"? Well, what's a mom on a budget to do? Try one of these new school lunch ideas, of course!

By Caitlin Uttley

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Casseroles serve crowds, cook inexpensively and clean up in a jiffy. But can you make budget casseroles without sacrificing flavor?

By Julia Layton

Sure, you can take advantage of the "four cans for a dollar" special. But do you really want your family eating sodium-rich, canned food with preservatives every night? How can you make some healthy, cheap meals?

By Debra Ronca

Whole lobsters for four might be a splurge. But lobster mac and cheese? That's more reasonable. What simple tricks can keep your homemade meals under $25 without sacrificing the tastiest ingredients?

By Julia Layton

Whether you serve it on the cob or as part of a larger dish, corn is both cheap and delicious. It's no wonder that the tasty vegetable is so popular with budget-minded eaters who don't want to sacrifice flavor for cost!

By Alia Hoyt

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Times are tough, but the party must go on. These ideas for economical party fare let the good times roll without sinking your budget.

By Heather Kolich

You love to entertain, but who has time for all that cooking, decorating and cleaning? Luckily, you can solve all those problems with one word: potluck.

By Linda C. Brinson

You don't have to spend a fortune on your groceries. We'll show you how.

By Danielle Fisher

With rising food prices, pasta is a great foundation for feeding your family on the cheap. Check out our suggestions for a variety of satisfying, economical pasta meals.

By Heather Kolich

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Do you have a bushel of banana peppers from your garden, and nothing to do with them? Never fear. We have ways to use them all.

By Debra Ronca & Shaun Chavis

You're not restricted to tasteless, lackluster foods just because you're on a budget. Here are five delicious and frugal meals that won't break the bank.

By Natalie Kilgore

Finding cheap family dinners that won't bore your brood might seem daunting. But we've cooked up five winners for you.

By Kim Williamson

Try these great recipes from the TLC show Inedible to Incredible with Chef John Besh.

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If you're torn between shelling out for the luxurious taste of lobster and saving your budget with the more cost-effective crab, you might not have to choose. There are ways to combine the two and serve up a seafood dish your guests will love.

By John Kelly

Food prices have been steadily rising and it can be a challenge to find food for less than five dollars. Do you know where to look? Explore our gallery and discover where you can find some cheap treats!